Commenting in advance of the BiFab Rally organised by the GMB and Unite unions and supported by the Scottish TUC at the Scottish Parliament today, STUC General Secretary, Grahame Smith, said:
“It is beyond belief that the jobs and livelihoods of 1,400 BiFab workers and the future of the yards where they work, are under threat because of a contractual dispute between the company and its customer Dutch contractor SHL.
"There is no doubt that there is a viable future for BiFab's current yards. There is a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, currently working without pay to complete current orders, and the prospect of future orders from offshore wind developments and oil and gas platform decommissioning.
"SSE, as the leading partner in the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project and SHL, its subcontractor, urgently need to do what is necessary to sort this dispute, to ensure the workforce is paid, their jobs saved and a future secured for the BiFab yards." ENDS
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